April 2020 Starred Reviews

I’m back with the April stars list! If you click through to the spreadsheet, you’ll see that due to the pandemic messing with publication dates, we have some 2021 titles already.

We’ve also got another title with six starred reviews joining the Fleming books – The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead.

April 2020 stars tally:

  • 567 books published in 2020 have been awarded 892 starred reviews and 3 books published in 2021 have been awarded 4 starred reviews as of the end of April.
  • 3 books with 6 starred reviews; 5 books with 5 starred reviews; 26 books with 4 starred reviews; 50 books with 3 starred reviews; 112 books with 2 starred reviews; 371 books with 1 starred review.
  • 18 books are entirely new to the list: 2 with four starred reviews and 16 with three starred reviews.

2020 Starred Reviews

6 starred reviews:  3 books – The List of Things That Will Not Change moves up from five starred reviews

Honeybee book coverThe List of Things That Will Not Change book coverThe Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh book cover

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera. Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 9780823442850. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The List of Things That Will Not Change. Rebecca Stead. Penguin Random House/Wendy Lamb. 9781101938096. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh.
Candace Fleming. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9780525646549. B, BCCB, HB, K, PW, SLJ.

5 starred reviews:  5 books – nothing new

Hike book coverThe Old Truck book coverPrairie Lotus book coverWhen Stars Are Scattered book coverWhen You Trap a Tiger book cover

Hike. Pete Oswald. Candlewick. 9781536201574. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Old Truck. Jerome and Jarrett Pumphrey. W.W. Norton and Company/Norton Young Readers. 9781324005193. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Prairie Lotus. Linda Sue Park. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9781328781505. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
When Stars Are Scattered. Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, illus. by Victoria Jamieson with Iman Geddy. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780525553915. B, HB, K, PW, SLJ.
When You Trap a Tiger.
Tae Keller. Penguin Random House. 9781524715700. B, BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.

4 starred reviews:  26 books – 2 books are entirely new: Dancing at the Pity Party; The Next President; and Lift; 10 books move up from three starred reviews: The Cat Man of AleppoDon’t Worry, Little CrabHello, Neighbor!Kent StateOutside InOverground RailroadRaybearerThey Went LeftWe Are Not From Here; and We Are Water Protectors

¡Vamos!: Let's Go Eat book coverAlmost American Girl book coverBedtime for Sweet Creatures book coverBox book coverThe Cat Man of Aleppo book coverDancing at the Pity Party book coverDon't Worry, Little Crab book coverHello, Neighbor! book coverKent State book coverKing and the Dragonflies book coverLift book coverLizzie Demands a Seat book coverMy Best Friend book coverNesting book coverThe Next President book coverNot So Pure and Simple book coverThe Oldest Student book coverOutside In book coverOverground Railroad book coverRaybearer book coverRick book coverStamped book coverThey Went Left book coverTigers, Not Daughters book coverWe Are Not From Here book coverWe Are Water Protectors book cover

¡Vamos!: Let’s Go Eat. Raúl the Third, illus. by Raúl the Third with Elaine Bay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify. 9781328557049. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir.
Robin Ha. HaperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062685100. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Bedtime for Sweet Creatures. Nikki Grimes, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 9781492638322. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom. Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Michele Wood. Candlewick. 9780763691561. HB, K, PW, SLJ.
The Cat Man of Aleppo. Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha, illus. by Yuko Shimizu. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9781984813787. B, BCCB, K, PW.
*NEW* Dancing at the Pity Party: A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir. Tyler Feder. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780525553021. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
Don’t Worry, Little Crab. Chris Haughton. Candlewick. 9781536211191. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Hello, Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers. Matthew Cordell. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 9780823446186. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Kent State. Deborah Wiles. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338356281. B, BCCB, K, PW.
King and the Dragonflies. Kacen Callender. Scholastic Press. 9781338129335. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Lift. Minh Lê, illus. by Dan Santat. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9781368036924. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights. Beth Anderson, illus. by E.B. Lewis. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. 9781629799391. B, K, PW, SLJ.
My Best Friend. Julie Fogliano, illus. by Jillian Tamaki. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. 9781534427228. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
Nesting. Henry Cole. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062885920. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents. Kate Messner, illus. by Adam Rex. Chronicle. 9781452174884. B, HB, PW, SLJ.
Not So Pure and Simple. Lamar Giles. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062349194. B, K, PW, SLJ.
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read. Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illus. by Oge Mora. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781524768287. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Outside In. Deborah Underwood, illus. by Cindy Derby. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9781328866820. BCCB, K, PW, SLJ.
Overground Railroad. Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. Holiday House. 9780823438730. B, BCCB, K, PW.
Raybearer. Jordan Ifueko. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419739828. B, BCCB, K, PW.
Rick. Alex Gino. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338048100. B, K, PW, SLJ.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped From the Beginning. Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316453691. B, K, PW, SLJ.
They Went Left. Monica Hesse. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316490573. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
Tigers, Not Daughters. Samantha Mabry. Workman/Algonquin. 9781616208967. B, BCCB, PW, SLJ.
We Are Not From Here. Jenny Torres Sanchez. Penguin Random House/Philomel. 9781984812261. B, K, PW, SLJ.
We Are Water Protectors. Carole Lindstrom, illus. by Michaela Goade. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. 9781250203557. B, K, PW, SLJ.

3 starred reviews:  50 books – 16 books are new to the list; they are marked *NEW* below

19 Love Songs book coverAll the Days Past, All the Days to Come book coverAll the Dear Little Animals book coverAstronauts book coverBanned Book Club book coverBear Goes Sugaring book coverBeing Frog book coverThe Black Flamingo book coverBlack Is a Rainbow Color book coverThe Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity book coverThe Camping Trip book coverChild of the Universe book coverConsent (For Kids!) book coverDandelion's Dream book coverDaring Darleen book coverDeeplight book coverDragon Hoops book coverEcho Mountain book coverEfrén Divided book coverFly on the Wall book coverFrom the Desk of Zoe Washington book coverGet a Grip, Vivy Cohen! book coverThe Girl Who Speaks Bear book coverIn a Jar book coverIn the Woods book coverLeaving Lymon book coverLetters from Bear book coverLifting As We Climb book coverMadame Badobedah book coverThe Magic in Changing Your Stars book coverMagnificent Homespun Brown book coverThe Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street book coverMañanaland book coverOnce Upon an Eid book coverOne Little Bag book coverThe Only Black Girls in Town book coverParachutes book coverPoisoned Water book coverRed Hood book coverSalma the Syrian Chef book coverShow Me a Sign book coverSnapdragon book coverSummer Song book coverThe Thief Knot book coverThis Book Is Anti-Racist book coverTogether We Grow book coverTwo Little Trains book coverWays to Make Sunshine book coverWe Dream of Space book coverWhat Lane? book cover

19 Love Songs. David Levithan. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781984848635. B, BCCB, SLJ.
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come.
Mildred D. Taylor. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780399257308. B, K, PW.
All the Dear Little Animals. Ulf Nilsson, illus. by Eva Eriksson. Lerner/Gecko Press. 9781776572892. B, K, PW.
Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier. Jim Ottaviani, illus. by Maris Wicks. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626728776. B, K, PW.
Banned Book Club. Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada, illus. by Ko Hyung-Ju. Iron Circus. 9781945820427. B, PW, SLJ.
Bear Goes Sugaring. Maxwell Eaton, III. Holiday House/Neal Porter. 9780823444489. BCCB, K, PW.
Being Frog. April Pulley Sayre. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane. 9781534428812. BCCB, K, PW.
*NEW* The Black Flamingo. Dean Atta. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062990297. K, PW, SLJ.
Black Is a Rainbow Color. Angela Joy, illus. by Ekua Holmes. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. 9781626726314. B, HB, K.
The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity: A Tale of the Genius Ramanujan. Amy Alznauer, illus. Daniel Miyares. Candlewick. 9780763690489. B, K, PW.
*NEW* The Camping Trip. Jennifer K. Mann. Candlewick. 9781536207361. B, K, PW.
Child of the Universe. Ray Jayawardhana, illus. by Raúl Colón. Penguin Random House/Make Me a World. 9781524717544. K, PW, SLJ.
Consent (For Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of You. Rachel Brian. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316457736. B, K, SLJ.
Dandelion’s Dream. Yoko Tanaka. Candlewick. 9781536204537. BCCB, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Daring Darleen: Queen of the Screen. Anne Nesbet. Candlewick. 9781536206197. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Deeplight. Frances Hardinge. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419743207. BCCB, K, PW.
Dragon Hoops. Gene Luen Yang, illus. by Gene Luen Yang and Lark Pien. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626720794. B, BCCB, PW.
Echo Mountain. Lauren Wolk. Penguin Random House/Dutton. 9780525555568. B, K, PW.
Efrén Divided. Ernesto Cisneros. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062881687. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Fly on the Wall. Remy Lai. Macmillan/Henry Holt. 9781250314116. B, K, SLJ.
From the Desk of Zoe Washington. Janae Marks. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062875853. B, K, PW.
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! Sarah Kapit. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780525554189. B, K, SLJ.
The Girl Who Speaks Bear. Sophie Anderson. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338580839. B, K, PW.
In a Jar. Deborah Marcero. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9780525514596. B, K, SLJ.
In the Woods. David Elliott, illus. by Rob Dunlavey. Candlewick. 9780763697839. B, HB, K.
Leaving Lymon. Lesa Cline-Ransome. Holiday House. 9780823444427. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Letters from Bear. Gauthier David, illus. by Marie Caudry. Eerdmans. 9780802855367. B, K, SLJ.
*NEW* Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box. Evette Dionne. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780451481542. B, K, SLJ.
Madame Badobedah. Sophie Dahl, illus. by Lauren O’Hara. Candlewick/Walker US. 9781536210224. B, K, PW.
*NEW* The Magic in Changing Your Stars. Leah Henderson. Sterling. 9781454934066. B, K, SLJ.
Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration. Samara Cole Doyon, illus. by Kaylani Juanita. Tilbury House. 9780884487975. K, PW, SLJ.
The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street. Lauren Oliver, illus. by Ethan M. Aldridge. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062345073. K, PW, SLJ.
Mañanaland. Pam Muñoz Ryan. Scholastic Press. 9781338157864. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices. S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed, eds, illus. by Sara Alfageeh. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419740831. B, K, PW.
One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey. Henry Cole. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338359978. K, PW, SLJ.
The Only Black Girls in Town. Brandy Colbert. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316456388. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Parachutes. Kelly Yang. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062941084. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation. Candy J. Cooper with Marc Aronson. Bloomsbury. 9781547602322. B, PW, SLJ.
Red Hood. Elana K. Arnold. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062742353. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Salma the Syrian Chef. Danny Ramadan, illus. by Anna Bron. Annick Press. 9781773213750. B, K, SLJ.
Show Me a Sign. Ann Clare LeZotte. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338255812. K, PW, SLJ.
Snapdragon. Kat Leyh. Macmillan/First Second. 9781250171115. B, K, PW.
*NEW* Summer Song. Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062866134. B, BCCB, K.
The Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story. Kate Milford, illus. by Jaime Zollars. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9781328466891. B, K, SLJ.
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How To Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work. Tiffany Jewell, illus. by Aurélia Durand. Quarto Knows/Frances Lincoln. 9780711245211. K, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* Together We Grow. Susan Vaught, illus. by Kelly Murphy. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781534405868. B, K, PW.
Two Little Trains. Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Greg Pizzoli. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062676511. K, PW, SLJ.
Ways to Make Sunshine. Renée Watson, illus. by Nina Mata. Bloomsbury. 9781547600564. B, K, PW.
*NEW* We Dream of Space. Erin Entrada Kelly. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062747303. B, PW, SLJ.
*NEW* What Lane? Torrey Maldonado. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780525518433. K, PW, SLJ.

For information on titles with one or two starred reviews, please see the spreadsheet.

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Happy reading!

1 thought on “April 2020 Starred Reviews

  1. I’m making my way through the nonfiction selections and have enjoyed many of them. My favorite for children: Honeybee; for YA- Stamped.


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